The concentration in social transformation introduces students to the ways in which social change is catalyzed by social movements, social entrepreneurship, social innovation, protest, law, activism and organizing. Students enrolled in the concentration learn how diverse communities locally and globally have achieved social change, understand theories of social transformation, and consider how to apply what they have learned about social transformation and transformational knowledge to the social problems facing communities today. The course work provides comparative, transdisciplinary and socially engaged frameworks within which to understand local and global mobilization, including, but not limited to, civil rights movements, labor movements, democracy movements, movements for global justice and movements for gender equality. Students learn how communities that have traditionally been institutionally marginalized have successfully mobilized to achieve institutional, political, cultural and economic change.
- Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
- All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
- A minimum 12 hours must be taken in courses offered at ASU.
- To enhance the understanding of the subject matter, the selected courses are sequential in nature and require certain prerequisites. Consequently, students should carefully note the semester in which any of these courses are offered.
- Additional elective courses can be applied to the concentration with approval from a Social Transformation advisor.
Core 3 Hours Required
SST 220 Introduction to Social Transformation (offered Spring only)
SST 484 Internship (1-12)
SST 499 Individualized Instruction (1-3)
Electives 15 Hours Required
Choose elective courses from the following:
Select in consultation with an advisor.
WST 375 Women and Social Change, SB, C (3)
WST 377 History of Feminist Thought, H, C (3)
WST 378 Global Feminist Thought, L, C, G (3) (Prerequisites: WST 100 or 300 with C or better)
WST 380 Race, Gender and Class, SB, C (3) (Prerequisites: WST 100 or 300 with C or better; Minimum 6 upper-division hours; Credit is allowed for only WST 350 or 380)
AFR 364 WST 364
AFS 470/WST 471 Women's International Human Rights (3) (Prerequisites: AFS 200 or minimum 9 upper-division hours; junior standing; Students who have credit for WST 471, AFS 598 topic 5 or AFS 494 topic 31 may not enroll in AFS 470)
AFR 325 Music as Political Discourse Reggae, Calypso, and Hip Hop, G & H (3) (Prerequisites: AFS 200; minimum 45 hours; Credit is allowed for only AFS 325 or JUS 326)
APA/AFR 352 Race, Space and the Production of Inequality (3)
APA/AFS 394 Topic: Social Movements and Intercultural Coalitions (3)
JUS 320 Community and Social Justice, SB, C (3)
JUS 321 Wealth Distribution and Poverty, SB, C (3)
JUS 350 Immigration and Justice, SB, C (3)
JUS 375 Justice and Mass Media, SB (3)
JUS 430 Social Protest, Conflict and Change, L or SB, C (3) (Prerequisites: minimum 36 semester hours; minimum 2.00 GPA)
JUS 444 Environment and Justice, L, C (3) (Prerequisites: minimum 36 semester hours; minimum 2.00 GPA)
JUS 460 Feminism and Justice, C (3) (Prerequisites: minimum 36 semester hours; minimum 2.00 GPA)
JUS 497 Honors Colloquium (3) (Prerequisites: Barrett honors student)
HST 306 The Civil Rights Movement, HU or SB, H (3)
HST 354 Revolutionary Europe, SB, H (3)
REL 379 Religion, Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict, HU, G (3) (Credit is allowed for only REL 379 or SGS 343)
REL 482 Religion, Violence and Conflict Resolution (3) (Credit for only JUS 473, POS 473, or REL 482)
TCL 340 Chicana/o and Latina/o Politics, L, C (3)
TCL 341 Policy Issues in Chicana/o and Latina/o Urban Settings, C (3)
COM 312 Communication, Conflict and Negotiation (3) (Prerequisites: Must have a Cumulative GPA of 2.50 or greater)
COM 341 Social Context for Performance (3) (Prerequisites: Must have a Cumulative GPA of 2.50 or greater)
SOC 352 Social Change, SB, G, H (3)
NLM 410 Social Entrepreneurship (3) (Prerequisites: NLM 210: NLM 220; Credit allowed only for NLM 562 or NLM 410)
THP 482 Theatre for Social Change, C (3)
URB 405 Citizen Engagement and Community Building (3) (Prerequisites: URB 220 with C or better; URB 240 with C or better)
ENG 371 Rhetoric of the Environmental Movement (3)
ENG 333 Ethnic American Literature, L or HU, C (3)
ENG 367 Environmental Issues in Literature and Film, L or HU (3)
All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.
BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:
A meeting with your academic advisor to:
Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration
- One course meeting general studies MA requirement
- ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
- Minimum 2.00 GPA
Required Courses (12 credit hours):
BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)
BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better
BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area
BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better
For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses
For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop
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- Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
- MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
- Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult transfer.asu.edu/maricopa for verification.